Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are not sure yet. We are making our separate wish lists now and the plan is to compare notes in 6 months once we have had time reflect and decompress. So many options!!!
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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It has been pouring all night, but at 8 am it was dry out finally. We are trying to get 500 km to Max BMW in New Hampshire before they close at 6 pm today. That way they will have the bikes for first thing Friday for the valves.

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    The first step is to get the 89 km to the USA border. This is usually not a busy border and should only take a few minutes, but we are a bit concerned that they will make a huge deal out of our Iran visas. We have a riding friend that was detained 4 hours when he landed in the USA after riding thru Iran. We made good time to the border and in fact there was only a 15 min wait.

    Dan was up first and the first question was where are you going “Ben and Jerry’s headquarters of course”. The agent then asked Dan right away about why we had Iran visas, but was totally reasonable and was interested in the trip. He did spend 10 minutes asking him questions. The only question he asked me was what flavour I was going to get.

    We then set off on the interstate south, but decided to take the time to go on the back roads to Waterbury Vermont via Stowe. This is a curvy road thru to the ski village. The rain started shortly after this.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We arrived to B&J after 221 km and almost 3 1/2 hours because it started to rain heavily again. The place was packed and we had to line up for our ice cream treats!

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is now raining harder and we headed for the Interstate again. We hit several back ups for construction, but finally pulled into Max at 415 after 501 km. They were super welcoming and immediately went over the list Dan had emailed and discussed our other concerns. The 650 had had no issues with oil since we left the severe heat in Borneo.



    In fact they had Lulu up on the lift and had started the work before 5. We are getting the fluids all changed, new tires, valve check (will be terrible), battery check and likely change, brake pads and plugs, new rear sprockets, and also replacing all the screws we are now missing.



    The guys at Motowerks Technica in Kuala Lumpur said they did the valve check and we paid for it, but they did not. I am surprised we made it here with out blowing up an engine. We also found out later just how many things they messed up on.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We have been lucky to be invited to the home of Rich and Karlene the pedal bikers we met in Costa Rica in 2012 and in New Zealand in 2018. They live an hour from Max and came to pick us up. We are so happy to have a few down days and to be so relaxed with our friends. The 800 has a broken cam shaft end cap (Motowerks again) and the part did not arrive from Fedex on Saturday and so we are imposing on our friends for a few more days until they reopen on Tuesday. We managed to get a lot of rest, get in a big hike, spend an afternoon in Concord, and shared a lot of tales of adventure.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Finally it is Tuesday and we headed back to the coast via car for a tour of the Hamptons, eat some great seafood for lunch, and then they dropped us at BMW. We had a few last minute items to deal with for the bikes and then the bill! They threw in some t shirts, stickers, and some fuel line cleaner.



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    We set out west on the 101 and then on the toll 95 to get back to Concord in a hurry. From here we rode north on the 3, which winds thru small NH towns. We managed to get as far as Plymouth by 630 and found a small family run motel for the night.

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we have a route that includes 3 of "the best motorcycle roads in NH”.

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    We headed first into Plymouth town and to UPS to get our cancelled Carnets sent back to the Swiss Motoring Association so we can get our bond funds back! Then to the car wash for a quick spruce up.

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    We rode west on the 25/ 118 to Warren and then onto Lincoln. This is a cute town with several souvenir shops and an old general store. We then did a detour north on the 93 to the Old Man of the Mountain historic site (the natural “face” has apparently eroded and fallen off said mountainside) .

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We backtracked on the 93 and then hit the famous Kancamagus highway. This is a windy swerving road thru the White Mountain Forrest. There is another motorcycling side road on the Bear Notch pass to Bartlett.

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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This means another back track to Passaconway and across the Alton covered bridge to the Passaconway road.


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    This is a small narrow back road with no traffic.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here we ended up north of Conway and then rode onto Intervale. The road east from here is the narrow steep curvy Hurricane Mountain Road.

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    Now we were back to the secondary roads to Freyburg and then we made our way south east to Portland and onto Cape Elizabeth.

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are staying tonight at the home of Peter who had messaged us from our ADV RR. He was kind enough to offer us a place to stay, but also to have a few things shipped to his house. He is a super nice guy who is a newer rider , but a keen ADV member! It was great to share some stories with him and to listen to his adventure plans.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It poured rain all night, but the sun was out in the morning. We are headed today to the Maine cottage of some friends we met on the Camino in 2016. We set out from Peter's the 4 miles to the famous Fort William lighthouse.


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    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    As I said earlier "Welcome Home" . I have followed from the beginning,oh so long ago & what a wild,wet & wonderful ride it has been. One thing that you didn't know is that you two hold a world record & probably didn't realize it. But you do in fact have the largest & most photographed WORLD RECORD of left hand side mirror and Garmin Montana GPS that exists to date.I would believe that achievement is Sara's alone,but I don't want to leave Dan out of the record books either, I would Dan summarize that he has sampled more beer of the world than any human I know, & most likely can write the definitive book of "Beers of the world"--(worst, good, better & best). Speaking of books, there should be a coffee table book of world travels, ups & downs, cause your accomplishment surely wasn't all roses.A good,bad & ugly narrative accompanied by the thousands of fantastic photos would be of interest to other adv riders & armchair adventures alike. A project for future downtime perhaps, anyway again, WELCOME HOME.
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  14. Pete S

    Pete S Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks for the close-up of my license plate. I didn't realize I was missing one of the fasteners for the plate. Time for some stainless nuts and bolts plus loctite. It was fantastic having you both over for the night.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Ha ha I did not even notice till you said that. So great of you to host us and share your dream!!! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then the plan was to go north on the 1 to Camden and then loop up to Embden.

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    We abandoned this by Wiscasset as the “coastal route” is a 4 lane road and not ON the coast. We stopped in Farmingdale at the Hi-Hat Pancake house and drive in for a good old hearty American lunch and then made our way on the back roads to arrive at the camp on Embden Pond by 3 pm.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This was just in time for a swim and cocktails on the dock. We had a great time meeting old friends Bart and Lisa and new friends Sarah, Hillary, Jim, and Larry.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The forecast for today is cloudy and cooler and so we had an hours drive 9 miles past Monson to the trail head and then a hike up Borestone mountain for a panoramic view.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Back in Monson is the home of Spring Creek BBQ. We had to wait for the fresh batch of ribs and brisket and then we devoured it! The forecast is for it to pour rain and it stared just as we arrived back to the cottage and continued heavily all night. We have just over 800 km from here to our friends cottage on PEI and we have to be there in 3 days time.

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